“If the stars should appear but one night every thousand years, how man would marvel and adore.” — R.W. Emerson
This week’s edition of News From the Craft + Style Blogosphere holds oozing cake eyes, the Museum of Unnatural History (unicorn burps welcome), a manly needlepoint artist, the story of stop motion and hovering, nearly-alive wooden birds.
No holiday wish list would be complete without primordial soup (mm!) or a vial of unicorn tears: “Puts the sparkle in suffering!” The clever marketers behind the Museum of Unnatural History at 826DC have compiled a well-designed stock of evolutionary diversions for human consumption (or cautious voyeurism — don’t mess with Ex-Stinkt Spray).
Disembodied cake face? Gouging out a strawberry eye? Delish! Pastry designer Luxirare drew inspiration for these strawberry and lychee mousse cakes with macaron embellishments and silver leaf (wow, that’s a mouthful) from an editorial spread in Chelsea magazine. Dig in. [Via CAT PARTY]
The details and craftsmanship of these pine-and-paint game bird carvings is unparalleled. What began as an interest in hunting and taxidermy soon turned into a hobby, then a profession, for Wendell Gilley. In 1930, Gilley visited the New England Museum of Natural History in Boston. According to his biography, “Although the original intent of his visit was to study the taxidermy dioramas, he became intrigued by an exhibit of miniature bird carvings made by Elmer Crowell. This chance encounter with the famous decoy maker’s work inspired the 26-year-old Wendell Gilley to whittle out a primitive mallard drake miniature. Pleased with his first attempt, he persevered in his new hobby, eventually becoming one of the foremost wood carving artists of his time.” In fact, there’s a museum dedicated to his work. [Via Cold Splinters]
Roosevelt “Rosey” Grier played defensive tackle for the Los Angeles Rams from 1958–1962. After his playing days were over he adjourned to a lower-impact physical sport: macrame and needlepoint. Rosey knew that others might not appreciate the masculinity of his new-found interest, so he wrote a book on the subject, Rosey Grier’s Needlepoint for Men. Now it’s a cult craft book (and I want a copy!). See more stills from his masterwork on Flickr. [Via Mary and Matt]
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